It’s been a tough ride for the Epic Games Store. It’s a place that PC gamers really, really don’t like, and almost everyone’s seriously upset with the number of exclusive titles that Epic keeps nabbing.
The most recent Epic exclusive appears to the be newly-announced Borderlands 3, which is one of the most highly-anticipated games of the last decade.
The recent reviews for the Borderlands Game of the Year edition are now showing on Steam as “Mixed,” with basically all of the recent negative reviews referencing Epic Games.
One user posted a negative review, writing: “Don’t get me wrong. Borderlands 1 and 2 are great games. But we need to make companies stop this exclusivity bull***ap.
“Epic Store is predatory and anti-consumer in my opinion.
“Small list of features missing in Epic Store: offline gaming, cloud saves, users reviews and profiles, forums, mod distribution, friend list, groups, item trading, account sharing, streaming to other devices and broadcasting, user created guides, wish list and many more.”
Another artfully drew two hands giving the finger with “Epic Games” written alongside.
At the time of writing, Borderlands GOTY edition has had 905 recent reviews in the last 30 days, with Steam saying that just 52% are positive.
Although Gearbox and 2K Interactive have yet to explicitly comment on the exclusivity, the Epic Store logo can be seen at the end of the game’s most recent trailer.
Hopefully it’s a timed exclusive and not just solely for Epic Store users, because then we’re going to have Metro Exodus on our hands all over again.
Over on Twitter, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney addressed some of the issues, saying that Epic will still look at exclusivity deals even if they were previously planned for a Steam release.
We’ve had a lot of discussions about this since GDC. Epic is open to continuing to sign funding / exclusivity deals with willing developers and publishers regardless of their previous plans or announcements around Steam.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) April 1, 2019
Featured Image Credit: Gearbox